Welcome to the New Hampshire GenWeb
Genealogy and History Project

Welcome to The NHGenWeb Project. Please enjoy your visit and hopefully you'll find some of your long lost ancestors along the way.

New Hampshire History

New Hampshire was founded on a land grant given in 1629 by the Council for New England to Captain John Mason and Sir Ferdinando Gorges. The colony was named New Hampshire after the English county of Hampshire.

New Hampshire was the first state to declare its independence from England in January 1776, meaning that for the following six months until the founding of the United States of America with the Declaration of Independence, New Hampshire was the first post-colonial nation-state in the Americas. New Hampshire became the 9th state on 21 June 1788 and is nicknamed "The Granite State". Its motto is "Live Free or Die".

New Hampshire Counties

County Date Parent Seat Contact
Belknap 1840 Strafford,
Merrimac
Laconia David Hough
Carroll 1840 Strafford Ossipee Peggy T.
Cheshire 1771 Original County Keene George N Kidder
Coos 1803 Grafton Lancaster Jan Jordan Lokensgard
Grafton 1771 Original County Haverhill Ann Mensch
Hillsborough 1771 Original County Nashua
&
Manchester
Ann Mensch
Merrimack 1823 Rockingham,
Hillsborough
Concord TJ Rand
Rockingham 1771 Original County Brentwood
as of 1997
Harry Folsom
Strafford 1771 Original
County
Dover Lynn Tooley
Sullivan 1827 Cheshire Newport Linda Simpson